Samsung starts mass production of image sensor
Semiconductor vendor makes advances in mobile device space with new offering
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a provider of semiconductor technology, recently announced the industry's first 1.0μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel (Mp) CMOS image sensor for use in advanced mobile devices.
Samsung's new image sensor, the S5K3P3, leverages the company's proprietary ISOCELL technology to enable the high performance 1.0μm pixels. The small pixel minimises the overall size and height of an image sensor module, making it an ideal solution for today's increasingly thinner mobile devices.
"As a trendsetter in the mobile image sensor business, we are pleased to be the first to deliver the most advanced 1.0μm-pixel imager, which meets both high-resolution and slim design requirements for smartphone cameras," said Kyushik Hong, vice president and head, S.LSI Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "Starting with 16Mp sensor, Samsung plans to f expand the 1 .0μm-pixel product category and lead the image sensor market for high performing slim mobile devices."
Built with 1.0μm pixels, Samsung's new 16Mp image sensor reduces the module's overall height by 20%, compared to current 1.12μm-pixel based 16Mp sensor modules. Enabling a module z-height that is less than 5mm, the S5K3P3 offers designers the ability to develop a mobile device with minimal camera protrusion without compromising on resolution.